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    Another round of layoffs was announced on Wednesday, adding to the gloom over rising unemployment.

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

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    Another round of layoffs was announced on Wednesday, adding to the gloom over rising unemployment.

  • M&A expert Howard Lanser reveals the next sector where he expects to see a big uptick in takeovers!

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    More companies announced layoffs this week as the employment picture continued to dim. MeadWestvaco, Graco and Caterpillar were among the latest names to announce job cuts.

  • Even in this anemic market, it appears the urge to merge is alive and well.

  • Jack Welch

    What follows below is the transcript of my interview with legendary former General Electric Chairman & CEO Jack Welch on The Kudlow Report last night.

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    Monday’s market action was choppy at best. But amid the rollercoaster ride Zach Karabell suggests putting two stocks on your radar.

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    In today’s Fast Money final call, with big deals being made in big Pharma, is this a one-sector phenomenon? Pete Najarian, co-founder of OptionMonster.com, doesn’t think so.

  • The major indices have some distance to go today if they are going to break weekly records.  However, there are 4 Dow components that are on track for their best week in at least 40 years...

  • Stocks rose for the third day straight on Thursday, marking the biggest three-day gain since November. Markets were up across the board, led by Bank of America and General Electric.

  • Last night on Fast Money, Guy Adami mentioned that "the PE is very compelling" for Hewlett Packard.  Many of the PE's for the Dow 30 are at historic lows.  Here's a "By the Numbers" look at current PE's and implied valuation.

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    More companies announced layoffs on Wednesday as the employment picture continued to dim.

  • Stocks took off like a rocket Tuesday, with the Dow gaining a whopping 5.8 percent, as banks rallied after a combination of encouraging news from the sector. The Nasdaq jumped 7.1 percent.

  • Stocks pared some of their earlier gains but were still up sharply on renewed confidence about the financial sector.

  • Futures are stronger as bank stocks are trading up for a second day. Vikram Pandit, Tim Geithner and Sheila Bair are all out talking about the banking crisis.

  • At the risk of redundancy I'll ask it again: Is he? Is President Obama effin' CRAZY? President Obama blames the continuing global financial crisis for the unmitigated carnage on Monday, when the Dow fell below 7000 and closed down 300 points (or 4.2%) at a 12-year low of 6763.

  • Two months into the year, the average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has continued to rise since the start of 2009, despite some significant dividend cuts like those from CNBC parent, General Electric.  See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.

  • Finishing the day at 7,114.78 yesterday, the Dow closed at its lowest level since May 7, 1997.  7 of the 30 current Dow components were not in the index when the Dow last saw these levels.

  • As the Dow now contains five stocks under $10 (GM, C, BAC, AA, & GE), the Dow Industrials index has come under greater scrutiny on whether it is still a good gauge of the overall market.